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Well, I just came off a 5 day exercise of gathering and organizing all my writing attempts and I realize that in the past 4 years I have started 15 novels, some of 3k words (so one chapter that I gave to one person to read who didn't like it) to grand 200k completed first drafts that never got rewritten. (200k is grand for me) Before this 5 day collecting ...


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This happens to me as well. There are a few things I've found to help: 1) Don't ask for feedback too early --wait until the piece is finished. 2) Write shorter pieces. 3) Try to gain some emotional distance from the writing --treat producing writing like an ongoing job you have to do, not as a way to seek instant gratification. 4) Start with a solid ...


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Several thoughts here. The first is, don't be discouraged by failure. Learn from it and move on. We all fail sometimes. Thomas Edison, when discussing his attempts to invent a practical light bulb, once said, "I haven't failed. I've found 600 ways that don't work." His point was, trying something and discovering that it doesn't work is a natural part of ...


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It sounds like you were writing fiction, in which case you are an artist producing art. Now others my attach adjectives to both those nouns - good, bad, popular, unpopular, sublime, wretched - but that is none of your business. You own your process. The outcome is not in your hands. You can chase the bubble reputation, even to the cannon's mouth, and ...


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No honest attempt is ever wasted. At worst, you've practiced your skills and learned that this one didn't work at this time in this place. And remember that many good stories were rejected by everyone the first time they were circulated, or were conceptually fine but the author's skills weren't yet up to doing them justice and were more successful later ...


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Unfortunately, if you can't face rejection of your work, you can't be a writer. The sad truth is even the most successful writers have all had the experience of being at one time or another critically panned, rejected or otherwise. As the saying goes, if you can give up writing, do so, if you can't... you're doomed to be a writer! One thing that can help, ...


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Try to get feedback from the people who read/stopped reading if you can bring yourself to speak to them - this will allow you to learn from what happened. Don't see it as a failure, see it as a learning curve, because that's what writing is. You never stop learning as a writer. Put the project aside for a little while and work on something else. Eventually ...


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You have a few options: Your story didn't fail. It just didn't find its audience on that site. Post it somewhere else. Your story didn't fail. It just didn't find its audience right now. Post it again in six months. Your story didn't fail. It just needs an editor (or at least a beta reader). Find someone to read it and help you improve it. Your story ...



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